My new favorite squash is Delicata, an heirloom squash happily being rediscovered. Look for them in the winter squash section of your grocery store. They're cream to pale yellow with green stripes, and their flesh is orange, slightly sweet and smooth but not stringy. My sister suggested the lime butter topping (my personal favorite), but a blend of maple syrup and butter is good, too. The squash usually aren't very big, so plan half a squash per person.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the squash cut side down into a baking dish. Pour water into the dish to about 1/4 inch deep.

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  • Bake in preheated oven until the squash pierces easily with a fork, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, blend the butter with the lime juice and chili powder in a small bowl. Mix in the lime zest, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon the butter mixture into the cooked squash, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

166 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 23.2g; fat 9g; cholesterol 22.9mg; sodium 74.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
I give this five stars because it is the best combination of ingredients I have tried for Delicata squash. This is NOT the kind of vegetable that tastes good mashed up with vanilla, cream and cinnamon like pumpkin or sweet potato - (believe me, I tried cooking many ways this morning)The lime and spice bring out the flavor the best. You can add a dash of cayenne if you like. Had to upload my picture after cooking - Thanks! P.S. The SEEDS are great too. I rinsed and dried them, then baked at 275 for about 30 min. Next, heat up a tsp or less of olive oil in a pan and add lime juice, salt, chili and cayenne pepper to taste. Mix in your seeds and cook for a minute or less. Spread on paper towel and allow to dry before storing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2011
This was just... odd. I know it SOUNDS odd (Lime with squash?) but with so many great reviews I thought it was worth a try. Sadly no. The butter I might use for something in the future -- it's interesting -- but it won't be squash. Read More
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112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
I give this five stars because it is the best combination of ingredients I have tried for Delicata squash. This is NOT the kind of vegetable that tastes good mashed up with vanilla, cream and cinnamon like pumpkin or sweet potato - (believe me, I tried cooking many ways this morning)The lime and spice bring out the flavor the best. You can add a dash of cayenne if you like. Had to upload my picture after cooking - Thanks! P.S. The SEEDS are great too. I rinsed and dried them, then baked at 275 for about 30 min. Next, heat up a tsp or less of olive oil in a pan and add lime juice, salt, chili and cayenne pepper to taste. Mix in your seeds and cook for a minute or less. Spread on paper towel and allow to dry before storing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2009
This was very good! I cooked it in the crock pot on low for 1-1/2 hours but didn't change anything else. Hubby works from home and can turn the crock pot on when needed so I use the crock whenever I can. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2012
This was delicious! Great side veggie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2008
I loved this! It was easy and was such a nice change from the typical recipes for baking squash (which are invaribly sweet). It made a wonderful and interesting side dish for a Mexican dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2008
Totally agree with first reviewer this was amazing! I wanted to drive into town (25 miles) to buy more sqaush! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2009
OH MAN!!! This is SO good and so easy to make! The combination of the lime and chili in the lime butter is fantastic! I had to cook my squash for longer than 30 minutes but it was well worth it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2008
I LOVED IT! Thank you for sharing this recipe. My boyfriend who HATES squash so far in my cooking.. ATE HIS ENTIRE SQUASH. I was so thrilled.. he's like a finicky little kid about eating his vegis. Thanks again so much for sharing this one. I will definately use it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2011
I always grow delicata in the garden so we have fresh picked and delicious squash every year! This recipe just makes it better. My 10 year old even enjoyed this. A keeper of a recipe which I will make again & again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2008
Made this after picking up a delicata at the farmers' market a few months back. This was super tasty... the lime butter was great. I put it on everything for days! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/24/2011
This was just... odd. I know it SOUNDS odd (Lime with squash?) but with so many great reviews I thought it was worth a try. Sadly no. The butter I might use for something in the future -- it's interesting -- but it won't be squash. Read More
(2)
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